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Chicken and vegetable hotpot

Chicken and vegetable hotpot

Presented with three key ingredients – a whole chicken, a bag of carrots and a couple of pounds of Maris Pipers – it would be easy to go for the obvious. And I do love a mid-week roast. But I’ve been challenged* to come up with something a little different so I’m going for lighter […]

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Beef and chorizo stew served with rice

Beef and chorizo stew

It’s past the season for casseroles really, but with its chorizo, lemon and parsley this stew is light enough for a long sunny evening. And there are few dishes which aren’t improved by the addition of some fried chorizo. There are only  a few main ingredients and minimal preparation required. Start with the cubed beef – put […]

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Sticky ginger cake

Sticky ginger cake

They say ginger’s good for the digestion – so here’s a cake that’s both a sweet treat and an antidote to a bit of seasonal over-indulgence! It’s darkly sticky from the treacle and if you make it in advance, it’s even better after a few days – richer and stickier if you wrap it in […]

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Pancake cannelloni

‘Pannelloni’ – easy cheesy pancake cannelloni

I always try to eat savoury then sweet pancakes on pancake day – so, cannelloni made with pancakes instead of pasta. These are dead simple to make. Starting with making two pancakes per person – Delia’s is a winner. Make up a ragu or bolognese sauce – or make sure there’s some in the freezer. […]

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Beer pumps at the GBBF

My 2013 200 beer challenge – and a Top 40

Last year I started using the Untappd (drink socially) app to track the beers I drank. I covered most of the familiar, usual brews that I drank so for 2013 set myself a new challenge – to try 200 new beers in the year. Unlike many (all) of the other New Year resolutions that I’ve […]

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Banana nut muffins

Banana nut muffins

You know those slightly sad-looking bananas that get left at the bottom of the fruit bowl? Don’t waste them – they’re a perfect excuse to make cakes. These are really nutty with a lovely sticky fruitiness and little bursts of melting dark chocolate. They’re a great (occasional!) breakfast treat too. You need: 2-4 ripe Fairtrade […]

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Potato cheese and ham croquette

Potato, cheese and ham croquettes

Whenever there’s leftover cooked potatoes from a roast, this is my current favourite way to use them up. You get lovely crunchy breadcrumbs on the outside with soft cheesy centres. For a veggie version, just substitute the ham for some fried diced onion or leek. Boiled or mashed spuds are the easiest to use but baked […]

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Best Brownies Ever

Best Brownies Ever

I’m not a fan of the cakey, heavy brownies that seem to be the standard now – this version is darkly chocolatey, pleasingly gooey and nuttier than a squirrel’s breakfast. I cut this recipe out of The Week about two years ago and I’ve been messing about with it ever since to get it just right. According […]

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Smoker box and cherry wood chips

Smoking new BBQ kit

After years of messing about with charcoal I finally gave in and bought a gas BBQ last year. It’s brilliant – cooking outside so much more now it’s easy. I’ve had my eye on a smoker box for a while though to add in a bit more of the authentic BBQ flavour and also to […]

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Wild garlic with Orzo

Wild garlic pesto with Orzo

The fine chaps from Blaencamel farm were selling bunches of wild garlic at the market on the weekend. The smell of it always reminds me of walking in summer and I knew it would make a quick and easy pesto. In a food processor or mini chopper, blend together first a thumb-sized piece of Parmesan […]

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